Residents urged to take part in StatsSA health survey

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has appealed to South Africans to open up their doors to fieldworkers who are conducting the South African Demographic and Health Survey (SADHS).

“South African Demographic and Heath Survey (SADHS) fieldworkers are experiencing challenges in some areas of the country, which is delaying the completion of data collection for the survey. Most of the areas in which fieldworkers find themselves not welcome are farming communities and high-walled suburban areas,” said Stats SA.

In a statement on Monday, Stats SA said some semi-urban and informal areas have also proven to be difficult for fieldwork, as a result of refusals to be surveyed and inaccessibility.

“Stats SA would like to reiterate that this survey will be of benefit to the participants and South African’s in general as it would highlight areas that requires health intervention from government and other non-governmental organisation.

“It is critical that the SADHS 2016 receives a high response rate, as information emanating from it will be used to make key public health decisions and policies,” it said.

On completion, the survey -- conducted by Stats SA and the South African Medical Research Council on behalf of the National Department of Health -- will enable Stats SA to compile estimates on child and maternal mortality, fertility rates, and the prevalence of conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, among others.   

The survey collects data from 15 000 sampled dwelling units between June and November 2016 and asks a wide range of questions on health, fertility, nutrition and family planning, among others.

The results of the survey will be used to measure the health status of South Africans as well as the coverage and quality of selected health programmes.

For enquiries: 

Eastern Cape Ziyanda Ntlebi 043 707 4900 082 888 2327 [email protected]


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